Merced, CA Woman Driving on Suspended License Arrested on Felon in Possession of Firearm Charge

On October 17, a woman was stopped by an Angels Camp police officer due to an expired registration. 51-year-old Denise Aanonson or Merced was driving a Toyota Tacoma when she was pulled over by police at about 4 p.m., according to a recent news article at

Upon stopping Aanonson, the police officer discovered that she was driving on a suspended license. Although the article did not reveal why her license had been suspended, the officer asked for consent to search the Tacoma, which Aanonson agreed to. Upon searching the vehicle, officers discovered a .38 caliber revolver and 4.6 grams of methamphetamine.

Aanonson was cited for misdemeanor charges of possessing meth, driving with an expired registration, and driving on a suspended driver’s license. Last year, the voter-passed Proposition 47 made possession of certain drugs in California misdemeanor offenses rather than felonies. However, Aanonson was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm; she was arrested and booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

Had the truck’s registration not been expired, the woman likely would not have been stopped. Many individuals whose driver’s licenses have been suspended continue to operate a vehicle, believing they won’t get caught. Michigan driver’s license reinstatement attorneys know that there are circumstances in which a person has no choice but to drive on a suspended license, such as in the case of an emergency. However, never assume you can make it to the store and back, run to a friend’s house, or even just get out and take a leisurely drive on a Sunday afternoon. While you may drive the speed limit and operate your vehicle safely, you may still be involved in an accident or find yourself in other circumstances where police discover your driver’s license has been suspended. This can result in additional penalties, and a longer suspension period.

Not having the privilege to drive makes life extremely difficult. We all take this privilege for granted, however when it is gone you must depend on others or use alternate methods of transportation. If your driver’s license has been suspended for DUI or even revoked after multiple DUI offenses, contact an experienced Michigan driver’s license restoration lawyer with a proven track record for success.

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